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Are Title IX regulations, which are to ensure gender equality in college sports, still important?

Response Percent Votes
49% 648
46% 605
Not sure
3% 52
Total 1305


sustainabilitysister 5 years, 10 months ago

An article by the late Dr. Coach Bob Frederick dated March 2009.

We miss you Coach Bob and YES... I believe Title IX regulations are still important.

domino 5 years, 10 months ago

I understand the need for Title IX at the time it happened, but not sure just how relevant they are now. I know of a 2A high school here in the state that, after loosing all interest in their girls golf program, was faced with the problem of having 1 more boys sports offered than girls sports. A group of parents who had girls who were big softball players in summer league, went to the school board and pushed them to start a softball program - even using the Title IX issue. The school finally decided to go ahead and offer a girls softball program - spending lots of money on equipment, uniforms and all the other things that go along with it. Now, most of those girls have graduated and there is very limited interest in the program, but there are now a number of girls who want to golf!!

I don't know what the correct answer is - it isn't something I see as that cut and dried. With schools facing so many cuts I'm glad I am not on those boards trying to figure how to stretch the dollars they have to provide the best academic programs they can while still maintaining as good of sports/music type programs as they can.

I have no issues as to gender or race - if a person is able to go a job, whether coaching, teaching, whatever the job is, the best person for the job should be the one doing it. On the other side of that, I remember a number of years ago a friend of mine who lives in a small town was upset because an African-American gentleman came to apply at the business she worked at as the receptionist. She told the gentleman that at the current time there were no positions open, but he was welcome to fill out an application and they would keep it on file, as that was what all applicants were told because there were no openings at that time. When the higher-ups in the company found out that the gentleman was African-American, they created a position for him and hired him because they didn't have hardly any minorities working for them and were concerned about getting in trouble for it. The fact that there were very few "minorities" in the town of 2500 didn't seem to matter nor the fact that there were no positions available. My friend had no problem with the fact that he was African-American but felt it was almost a reverse discrimination because a job was created for him.

It is a tough call all the way around. Wish there were easy answers!

JayhawkAlum03 5 years, 10 months ago

Thanks for the link from Dr. Bob.

Just a correction for the question's author.Title IX was not intended for gender equity in only sports or only college, but gender equity in ALL educational programs that receive federal funding. College athletics has become a major focus, but it is most definitely not the only application of the law:

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..."

Jimo 5 years, 10 months ago

Hasn't Title IX done enough damage already?

parrothead8 5 years, 10 months ago

What damage are you referring to, Jimo?

The way administrators are increasingly running educational institutions as businesses, I have no doubt that many women's college sports programs would be shut down without Title IX, simply because they don't "pay" for themselves when it comes to dollars.

mosshawk 5 years, 10 months ago

no, and they never have been important. worry about something that matters for real.

mr_right_wing 5 years, 10 months ago

It's fine as far as helping out women's sports, EXCEPT when it also ends up penalizing men's.

Hop2It 5 years, 10 months ago

Although it seems that the law and years of enforcement have "fixed" the underlying issues, it is amazing how many people don't value equality and fairness when faced with "saving taxpayers money."

bradh 5 years, 10 months ago

My problem with Title IX is that the men are penalized. Football has around 90 people in it, all men, and the revenue it earns pays for the other sports programs. Women get 90 non-revenue generating spots that the men don't get on most college campuses, denying 90 non football playing men the opportunity to play college sports. I would remove the revenue producing sports, men's and women's, from the equation and then I think it would be equal.

I've noticed that the Title is never used in the men's favor. If the men have more roster spots the women have to get another team. If the women have more it is all right. Kind of hard to balance disparate sports with varying members on each team to come out to exactly the same number on both sides, which is what the Title demands.

mr_right_wing 5 years, 10 months ago

Feminism goes beyond "women are people too". Feminism demands we accept women as every bit equal to men (with no differences between the sexes). I would think the true feminist ideal on this one would be to make ALL sports co-ed.

Or, even better...they want two kinds of sports; Women's and co-ed. Strict "Men's" sports need to be a thing of the past! Co-ed & Women's football, co-ed & women's basketball, co-ed & women's baseball..etc..etc.

labbadabba 5 years, 10 months ago

This is a good point:

"The way administrators are increasingly running educational institutions as businesses, I have no doubt that many women's college sports programs would be shut down without Title IX, simply because they don't “pay” for themselves when it comes to dollars."

I was miffed to see the men's tennis, wrestling, swim, and diving team evaporate in 1998 because of Title IX but I understand the importance of it.

Title IX like 'zero-tolerance policies' look good on paper but are never perfect in application. It is fine when comparing men and women's sports that utilize 8-13 scholarships at a time but when you throw in 90 football scholarships for men it really cuts down on some of the more diverse forms of mens collegiate athletics.

It's unfortunate and should be revisited but I still feel the spirit of the legislation is in the right place.

domino 5 years, 10 months ago

mr_right_wing - you made me laugh by reminding me that when I was in highschool (back in the '70s) that one really butch gal wanted to play football. The coach told her that was fine - he would be happy to have her on his football team because she could probably have been an asset to the team. He also told her that his rule was that his team all used and shared the same locker room and showers. As long as she was ok with that, she was welcome on the team. Needless to say, she never played football!

mr_right_wing 5 years, 10 months ago co-ed wrestling amongst hormone-ridden teens? I admit I'm a little jealous there. Couldn't that have started when I was in school??

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